Former West New York Commissioner Ruben Vargas did not take long to find a new job after resigning two weeks ago, as he has began training to be the head of security for the town’s housing authority, West New York Housing Authority Executive Director Robert DiVincent exclusively told Hudson County View.
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“He is training this week and his responsibilities are to transfer my requests and orders to the security guards, as well as to make sure all the buildings are being safely watched,” DiVincent said over the phone.
He added that Vargas has just begun a 90-day probationary period, where he will be working a 6-hour shift between 6 p.m. and midnight, five days a week.
Additionally, DiVincent said Vargas will work a “floating schedule” that likely includes coming in one day during the weekend and having a day off during the week (i.e. working on Saturday and having off Sunday and Monday).
“This position doesn’t require a tremendous amount of skill, but it is still very important. He [Vargas] is responsible for having guards hand in security reports on a daily basis and will fill in to watch a building when necessary: he’s basically my eyes and ears for the housing authority buildings,” DiVincent added.
While DiVincent said that Vargas’ salary hasn’t been finalized yet, it will likely be in the range of $30,000 to $35,000 a year.
Vargas, a former commissioner of the Departments of Parks and Public Property and Public Works, was replaced yesterday by 27-year-old Cosmo Cirillo – the youngest commissioner in West New York history.
Vargas did not immediately return calls seeking comment and his voicemail was not set up, but this story will be updated in the event comment is given.